Is this Bible? Yes. Luke 21: 14-15. It is surrender.
Jesus gives us five general signs of His coming in Matthew 24 and another two general signs in Luke 21. The two general signs in Luke 21 are persecution and climate change.
Recently we have seen an exponential increase in both these signs.
Persecution has been heaviest in Egypt and Iraq. Two million Christians have perished in southern Sudan (from than hands of an Islamic north allied with Iran) over the past decades and independence seems to be coming at last for southern Sudan. Christians in the Middle East, Iran, Pakistan and other eastern nations under Islamic governments are suffering widespread persecution at this time.
Climate change has come with severe blizzards in North America and Europe and flooding in Brazil and Australia. This results in rising food prices leading to riots and unrest as we have seen in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and other Arab countries such as Yemen, Lebanon and Jordon. As world population mushrooms and climate changes continue to escalate, we will see more of this in the coming years.
Let us look more closely at the sixth sign, persecution, and our response to it. The foundation text is Luke 21: 14-15.
Therefore settle it in your hearts not to
meditate beforehand on what you will
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom
which all your adversaries will not be able to
contradict or resist.
Stephen, the first martyr, demonstrated this to us. His witness was full of the Holy Spirit and power. It is written that the Jewish rulers were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. His face was radiant in the Presence of God and it is written that his face shone like a face of an angel.
Here we see the outworking of true surrender as shown step by step in the rock-solid classical Christian foundation.
This foundation is the "cornerstone truth" of the Final Tidal Wave - the Coming Reformation and Outpouring of His glory before our Lord's coming. All other teaching must be consistent with and not contradict this foundation; and put in relation to this key and central truth. It is the "centerpiece" of the puzzle. All other truth needs to be fitted in and not forced to fit, once this main piece is put in place.
In the past, the body of Christ has separated the truths revealed in the past Great Awakenings. In this foundation, these truths are brought together. Completeness. Maturity. The Great Awakenings introduced repentance, inward holiness, prayer and 'Christ is us' needs to merge with the power of God and the truths introduced in the Asuza Outpouring. This foundation shows us His way to redig all the old wells and see water gush forth from the desert.
HUDSON TAYLOR'S VISION 1855
This vision was received while he was preaching in Britain, on furlough from China.
'I have seen a vision. I saw in this vision a great war that encompasses the world. I saw this war recede and then start again, actually being two wars. after this I saw much unrest and revolts that will affect many nations. I saw in some places spiritual awakenings.
'In Russia I saw there will come a general all-encompassing national spiritual
awakening spread to many European countries. Then I saw an ALL-OUT AWAKENING, followed by the coming of Christ.'